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HIV, smallpox and SARS and how they came to haunt humanity

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Did you know that HIV infected its very first human in the Kongo around 100 years ago, or that smallpox was the first virus people invented a vaccine for? And have you ever wondered why bats are so prone to hosting all kinds of nasty viruses?

Our interview with best-selling author, David Quammen, will take you on a journey into the darkest caves of South East Asia and the deepest rainforests of the Kongo to the origins of some of the most devastating infectious diseases in human history.

Best-selling author and interview guest, David Quammen, went to the deepest parts of the Kongo rainforest to explore the origins of HIV. One of many travels for his book spillover.

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